Workforce shortages put more strain on the system
After auditors warned of a looming crisis in the recruitment and retention of care workers, Paul Burstow outlines why supporting unpaid carers in employment is increasingly vital.
Will the new look cabinet promote prevention?
Health and housing really do go hand in hand, writes Cllr Michelle Lowe. The constant emphasis on health and social care, although important, is only part of the solution
£10m for Welsh councils to manage social care pressures
Councils in Wales will be given £10m to manage social care winter pressures, the Welsh Government has confirmed.
Not enough integration between housing for older people and social care, MPs warn
Local authorities need to recognise the importance of quality housing for older people and the ‘massive’ impact it has on health and care budgets, MPs have warned.
Care provider Four Seasons temporarily bailed out
The struggling care provider Four Seasons has today signed a deal with a hedge fund which will see £70m invested to enable it to keep operating.
Crisis in social care workforce, report warns
The care workforce crisis has been laid bare by a report that warned ministers were not tackling recruitment problems.
Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement
Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.
Javid finds extra £166m in final settlement
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has found an additional £166m to ease spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.
ADASS gets badass
The crisis in social care requires a tough, uncompromising response.
Academics highlight recruitment and retention problems
Councils require greater clarity over how their social care market-shaping and commissioning duties should be used to ensure a sustainable workforce, new research has suggested.
Government migration funding formula 'unfair'
The council accommodating the second-highest number of asylum-seeking children in the UK has criticised the Government's funding formula.
May could be defeated on council finance
Tory MPs have warned the Government they are willing to mount a rebellion over the finance settlement for councils.
Croydon to act on missing children
Police officers will be placed inside Croydon LBC as part of an initiative designed to tackle the ‘significant number’ of children going missing from care.
Further deterioration of Sandwell's children's services
Sandwell MBC has failed to improve its Ofsted rating for children’s social care and is still managing ‘inadequate’ services.
Judge's warnings over care proceedings
Councils should ‘think long and hard’ before embarking on care proceedings against ‘otherwise unimpeachable’ parents disputing care packages for gravely ill children, a judge has warned.
Inspector arrives amid reorganisation pressure
An independent inspector today began investigating Northamptonshire CC’s precarious finances amid fresh signs MPs are pressuring the Government to reorganise the county.
Welsh councils welcome health and social care review
Welsh local authority leaders have welcomed the publication of a report into the sustainability of the health and social care system, but called for more funding.
Scottish homecare services under threat
Almost 40% of care at home services in Scotland handed back their contracts to local authorities last year because of funding and workforce pressures, new research has revealed.
Council leaders welcome decrease in delayed transfers
Council leaders have welcomed a reduction in the number of days patients who are ready to be discharged are left in hospital due to a lack of suitable care.
New name is a smokescreen for inaction
The new labels for the government departments responsible for local government and health and care is just another cop-out, argues Michael Burton.